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Yankee Magazine Names Local New Hampshire Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

Yankee Magazine Names Local New Hampshire Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
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Dublin, NH (April 21, 2014)—The May/June edition of Yankee Magazine’s Special Travel Guide, on newsstands April 29, has named local establishments in New Hampshire as “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winners for 2014. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. This special issue also names 20 top events in New Hampshire, and a total of 120 events across New England. For 38 years, Yankee’s Travel Guide has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference. Yankee’s May/June issue also guides readers on summertime journeys with maritime-themed articles about our region’s seafaring history from Mystic to Maine, the lure of lobster shacks, and more.

“Reading our annual special Travel Guide section, ‘Best of New England,’ is as close to sitting down with Yankee’s editors and getting us to spill our favorite places as one can get,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “New England is where we live, and we all have our own personal ‘best’ places. We’re joined by our state New Hampshire state expert Kate Grip whose sole task is to surprise us: to tell us about restaurants and attractions and local secrets that will make this issue one to keep on hand whenever you set off to explore New England. Whether your journeys take you inland or to the sea, we hope these pages come along. As always, let us know what you find.”

This year’s Travel Guide features more than 300 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” selections. The listing for each establishment includes a description, address, phone number, and Web site, if available. The following “Editors’ Choice” establishments from New Hampshire include:

Editors’ Choice
Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
Enfield Shaker Museum—Best Cultural Museum, Enfield
Sculptured Rocks Natural Area—Best Canyon, Groton
Hanover Inn—Best Environmental Inn, Hanover
Pine Restaurant-Hanover Inn—Best Farm-to-Table Dining, Hanover
Mount Sunapee Adventure Park—Best Obstacle Course, Newbury
Newport Opera House—Best Community Theater, Newport

Great North Woods Region
Northern Forest Heritage Park—Best History Park, Berlin
Div of Parks & Recreation—Best Waterfall, Pittsburg
Tall Timber Lodge—Best Sporting-Camp Log Cabins, Pittsburg

Lakes Region
Inn at Crystal Lake—Best Inn for Music Lovers, Eaton Center
Snowvillage Inn—Best New Menu, Eaton Center
AMC’s Three Mile Island Camp—Best Family Camp, Laconia
CAMP-The Common Man—Best Comfort-Food Dining, Meredith
Castle in the Clouds—Best Castle, Moultonborough

Merrimack Valley Region
Bedford Village Inn—Best Luxury Inn, Bedford
900 Degrees Pizzeria—Best Pizza, Manchester
Currier Museum of Art—Best Art Museum, Manchester
New Hampshire Fisher Cats—Best Baseball, Manchester
Republic—Best Taste of The Mediterranean, Manchester
See Science Center—Best Lego Land, Manchester
Surf Restaurant—Best Seafood, Nashua

Monadnock Region
Hancock Inn—Best Historic Inn, Hancock
Apple Hill—Best Chamber Music, Nelson
Bowerbird & Friends—Best Home & Garden Shop, Peterborough
Cathedral of the Pines—Best Natural Sanctuary, Rindge
Pitcher Mountain—Best Blueberry Picking, Stoddard
Inn at Valley Farms—Best Farm Stay, Walpole
Restaurant at Burdick Chocolate—Best Desserts, Walpole

Seacoast Region
Whirlygigs—Best Toy Store, Exeter
Book & Bar—Best New Bookstore, Portsmouth
Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse—Best Lighthouse, Portsmouth
Popovers on the Square—Best Café Dining, Portsmouth
Surf Restaurant—Best Seafood, Portsmouth

White Mountains
1785 Inn—Best View from an Inn, North Conway
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.—Best Brewpub, North Conway
Franconia Notch State Park—Best State Park, Franconia
Mount Washington Auto Road—Best Road Climb, Gorham
Christmas Farm Inn & Spa—Best Family Inn, Jackson
League of NH Craftsmen Littleton Retail Gallery—Best Art Gallery, Littleton
Mount Washington Cog Railway—Best Adrenaline-Rush Train Ride, Marshfield Station
Café Lafayette Dinner Train—Best Train Dining, North Woodstock
Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa—Best Wine Cellar Dining, Whitefield

Top Events

Call ahead to confirm dates, times, and admission prices. The “Top 20 Events” in New Hampshire, according to Yankee Magazine, include:

MAY 10–11: DEERFIELD, 38th Sheep & Wool Festival. Visit the Deerfield Fairgrounds and take in the sheep and breed shows; shearing, knitting, and weaving demonstrations; and more than 100 select fiber-related vendors; plus good food, music, and more. 603-895-2233;

MAY 16–18: WEIRS BEACH, 32nd Winni Fishing Derby. They’ll be angling for the big catch once again as fishermen of all ages gather at Lake Winnipesaukee for a chance at a big fish and bigger winnings—more than $50,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded. 603-848-3474;

MAY 25: JACKSON, 25th Wildquack Duck River Festival. It’s the running of the ducks at Village Park! Some 3,500 bright-yellow rubber duckies are delivered into the Wildcat River. The current does the rest, but if your duck is first to the finish line, there’s a fine prize to be had. Plus a silent auction, tasty foods, games, and more.

JUNE 7: PORTSMOUTH, 30th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival. Scenic Prescott Park overflows with clam and seafood chowder—more than a dozen participating restaurants provide samples in hopes that you’ll choose theirs as your favorite.
JUNE 13–15: MERRIMACK, Rock’n Ribfest. Excellent barbecue is best enjoyed amid an atmosphere of live music and entertainment. Discover all of this, plus kids’ activities and more, at the Anheuser–Busch property. Proceeds support area nonprofits.

JUNE 14–22: LACONIA, 91st Motorcycle Week. Biking enthusiasts enjoy breathtaking motorcycle rides along winding roads, past stunning lake vistas, and on historic byways such as the Kancamagus Highway. Entertainment abounds with concerts, special events, races, vintage bikes, and more.

JUNE 20–21: SOMERSWORTH, International Children’s Festival. Friday kicks off with an evening gathering at the high-school football field, culminating in a dazzling fireworks display. On Saturday, Main Street and Noble Pines Park offer kid-centric fun and entertainment, plus delicious foods. Let the free bus shuttle you between venues. 603-692-5869;

JUNE 28: LINCOLN, 10th Annual New England Brewfest. Tap into exceptional brews supplied by the 30-plus beer makers on hand at Lincoln Village Shops. Enjoy live entertainment, educational craft-beer presentations, delicious foods, and exhibits offering brew paraphernalia and souvenirs.

JUNE 28–29: GILSUM, 50th Rock Swap & Mineral Show. Come rain or shine, you can pan for minerals, visit the diamond dig, enjoy an old-fashioned New England ham-and-bean dinner with homemade pies, and a sit-down chicken barbecue lunch—and, of course, meet the more than 65 dealers offering gems, jewelry, and minerals from around the world. Held at the Elementary School and Community Center.

JULY 4: PORTSMOUTH, An American Celebration at Strawbery Banke. It’s an old-fashioned salute to independence, kicking off with a natualization ceremony. Also enjoy the kids’ bike parade, costumed role-players, games, crafts, demonstrations, live music, and so much more throughout the 10-acre historic site. 603-433-1100;

JULY 12: EXETER, American Independence Festival. A reading of the Declaration of Independence is reenacted in dramatic fashion. View one of the last existing copies from the document’s original printing at American Independence Museum, then step to the beat of fife and drum while enjoying an arts-and-crafts sale, kids’ activities, fireworks, fine food, and more. 603-772-2622;

JULY 12–13: ALTON, 25th Craft Fair at the Bay. Enjoy the beautiful waterfront setting at this mainly outdoor gathering of fine juried artists and craftsmen. Peruse unique wares, including jewelry, pottery, glassworks, specialty foods, photography, folk art, clothing, and more. 603-332-2616;

JULY 17–19: CONCORD, Market Days Festival. Zip around downtown and take in the varied events; more than 150 vendors provide delicious food and great retail offerings. Enjoy family-friendly activities on the State House Lawn and City Plaza and live music in Bicentennial Square, and be sure to visit the beer tent, the arts market, and more. 603-226-2150;

JULY 17–20: HILLSBOROUGH, Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair. In the mood for a high-flying adventure? Check out hot-air balloons piloted and crewed by regional enthusiasts at the fairgrounds off Henniker Street, plus additional festivities, including artisans’ exhibits, a hometown parade, fireworks, and more. 603-464-0377;

AUGUST 2–10: NEWBURY, League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair. A fun, festival-like atmosphere at lovely Mount Sunapee Resort, offering fantastic works by juried league members (more than 200 exhibit booths), plus demonstrations, interactive activities, music, and a variety of food vendors. 603-224-3375 (League office), 603-763-2416 (Fair office);

AUGUST 15–17: NORTH THORNTON, White Mountain Boogie ’n’ Blues Festival. The state’s largest outdoor blues festival features award-winning performers, enticing food and craft vendors, kids’ activities (including a rock-climbing wall), and Saturday-night fireworks. Held at the Sugar Shack campground.

AUGUST 15–17: WESTPORT, 65th Cornish Fair. Late summer is fair season—so come out and enjoy one of the area’s finest. This family-friendly agricultural festival is held along Town House Road, offering live music and entertainment, helicopter rides, animal shows, a midway, tempting treats, and more. 603-675-5714;

AUGUST 22–24: COLEBROOK, North Country Moose Festival. The area pays homage to one of the giants of the Northern forest. A classic car show, moose-calling contests, and tasty mooseburgers are sure to be found—plus so much more. 603-237-8939;

AUGUST 30–31: KEENE, Art in the Park. Peruse a variety of striking paintings and photographs on display at Wheelock Park, all created by the talented members of the Monadnock Area Artists Association. Plus a raffle, refreshments, and music; it’s a relaxing and inspiring way to spend a day.

SEPTEMBER 5–7: HAMPTON BEACH, Seafood Festival. Continuous live musical entertainment accompanies your sampling of seafood delicacies prepared by some 50 area restaurants. Plus chef demonstrations, concerts, arts-and-crafts vendors, sidewalk sales, fireworks, and more.

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Updated Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

2 Responses to Yankee Magazine Names Local New Hampshire Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

  1. Kevin Flynn April 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Thank you Yankee Magazine! Both Jen and I as well as our chef Ben Friedan are very happy that you have chosen us as best new menu. We look forward to pleasing all our guests from the lakes region and mount Washington valley this summer.

  2. Virginia Allyn May 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Congratulations to the Inn at Valley Farms in Walpole. My daughter and I booked an extended stay at the farmhouse and loved every moment. Jackie, Caitlin, Chris and the whole family are lovely folks and their organic farm is a wonder to experience. The village of Walpole is charming, too.

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